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Overdue Declaration of the Day: Death to Placemaking Banners!

They are bland, they cost too much and they don't do anything.

The Fascinating Story of How Those Tropical Insects Made It Into Your Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks has said it's stopping the use of bug-based red dye. Why? Making the stuff looks like so much fun!

A Little Bit of Camp Chic for Your Urban Space

These Brutalist benches will make you feel like you're sitting around a fire.

Can Georgia Shake Its Post Soviet Past With Bold New Buildings?

The country's 21st century architecture is eye-catching, but it's not doing much to revitalize the economy.

North America's Most Distinctive Theater Marquees

A sampling of some of the most vibrant, colorful signs.

The Tricky Politics of Breaking a Record for Wearing the Most Bees

The world record holder is hotly contested.

A 'Photographic Census' Captures New York's Characters

Tips on street portraits from New York's resident photographer.

What Developers Get Wrong About Smart Growth

Cities need higher densities, but they also need green space.

The Wildly Variable Definition of 'McMansion'

According to a new study, people in different places use the word very differently.

Extreme Placemaking: Inside the Army's Mock Afghan Villages at Fort Polk

For several years now, the U.S. military has been trying to replicate Afghan and Iraqi towns on U.S. soil to prepare soldiers to go there.

Where Families Go After Foreclosure

What's the connection between foreclosures and homelessness?

Turning Old Beer Bottles Into Garden Mulch

Is there anything high-speed flexible impactors can't flail into gold?

This Week In Bans: Alabama Chokes on 'Dirty Bastard' Beer

Also outlawed around the world: "gay cure" ads in London, discrimination on the basis of sexuality in Indiana, South Carolina yarn bombing.

The Dark Cloud Hanging Over the Feel-Good Inner City Education Story of the Week

You'd think the national champion chess team at Intermediate School 318 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, wouldn't have to worry about their program's continued funding. But you'd be wrong.

Siberia's Ice Floaters

The winter swim club of Krasnoyarsk gets in one last hurrah before the spring comes.

Should Seattle Really Be Growing Goji Berries and Jujubes?

The city embarks on an ambitious plan for an urban forest, with free food for all.

Why Tourists Rarely Explore the Rest of Las Vegas

The city's famous marketing success highlights its primary appeal.

Feeling Tired? Take This Giant Slide to Class

A university in Munich installed two four-story slides in their student center.

Bad Zoning Can Ruin Your Kid's Life

A new report examines the link between standardized test scores and restrictive zoning regulations.